Friendship

CONTEXT ARTICLE

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riendships created during a child’s formative years are important because they shape the world around them. Their ability to interact with others can greatly improve their social outlook and self esteem. Learning the necessary social skills to make and maintain healthy friendships early on sets us on a path of connection rather than isolation.

A study published in the American Journal of Public Health, conducted by Kristin Schubert, program director at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, measured the social skills of kindergarteners into their adulthood over two decades. Schubert’s study “shows that helping children develop social and emotional skills is one of the most important things we can do to prepare them for a healthy future…. From an early age, these skills can determine whether a child goes to college or prison, and whether they end up employed or addicted.”

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It’s a pretty hard-hitting thing to say but the research is there, those that have greater social skills will have better personal and career outcomes  and are better equipped to solve-problems without aggression or social withdrawal

CORE MESSAGES

• Its good to have friends

• Friends care about each other and look out for each other

• Friends don’t force their friends to do things they do not wish to do

• Friends are truthful with each other

VIDEO STORY

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QUESTIONS TO START A CONVERSATION

• What does it mean to be friendly?

• How can you make a friend?

• What do friends do for each other?

• How can you be a good friend?

QUICKBOOK

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OUR FRIENDSHIP MANTRA

“A good friend will share

A great friend will care

A best friend will always be there”

HOME EXTENSION ACTIVITY

FRIENDSHIP MAZE:

Here’s a fun task which communicates that friends help each other.

Click on the image to download a hi-res .pdf file for printing. (You can of course choose to print in black and white if you prefer in your print settings.)

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HOME WALL DECOR

Print this poster as part of a set. Collect them all. They look great together on a wall.

friendship home poster